Insights Learning (I-Learning) TEST 14 : 12 – 19 November, 2017

Insights Learning (I-Learning) TEST 14 : 12 – 19 November, 2017   Reegle Tagging API (application programming interface)   Why? An explosion of information is available online in the climate and development sectors. But this flood of content in our email inboxes, on servers, in data warehouses or in the cloud is just that – …

Insights Learning (I-Learning) TEST 12 and 13 : 15 October – 12 November, 2017

Insights Learning (I-Learning) TEST 12 and 13 : 15 October – 12 November, 2017   Phenotype    Background: Genotype is the complete heritable genetic identity of an organism. The word genotype can also refer just to a particular gene or set of genes carried by an individual. For example, if you carry a mutation that …

Insights Daily Current Affairs, 28 November 2017

  Insights Daily Current Affairs, 28 November 2017   GS Paper 1: Topic: Role of women and women’s organization.   Program to train Elected Women Representatives of PRIs       Context: the government has launched an intensive training program for Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) of Panchayati Raj Institutions and Master Trainers, in New Delhi. …

Insights into Editorial: Reaching out to neighbours

Insights into Editorial: Reaching out to neighbours Background: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is among the world’s largest regional intergovernmental organisations. Since its inception, the countries in the region have become more integrated through enhanced intraregional trade and connectivity. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), geographically proximate to ASEAN, started its …

Insights into Editorial: A toolkit to think local

Insights into Editorial: A toolkit to think local   Context: The ‘India State Level Disease Burden’ report, prepared as part of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study 2016, and published in Lancet, has found that every State in India has a higher burden from non-communicable diseases and injuries than from infectious diseases. The study …

All India Radio News Summary: 27 NOVEMBER 2017

All India Radio News Summary: 27 NOVEMBER 2017 Prime Minister reiterates the need for simultaneous Lok Sabha and state Assembly elections; calls for maintaining balance between judiciary, legislature and executive. Prime Minister has reiterated the need for simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and state Assemblies.  Addressing the valedictory session of a two-day conference on National Law …

[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 28 November 2017

[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 28 November 2017 Click on EACH question to post/read  answers. General Studies – 1     Topic:   Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.   1) Write a note on various Buddhist mudras, their significance and their …

6) The promise of a forward-looking bio-pharmaceutical industry in India will only be fulfilled if India works to build an ecosystem that promotes medical innovation. Examine why a balance between patents and drug prices is crucial to build innovative forward-looking bio-pharmaceutical industry in India.

  Topic:   Issues relating to intellectual property rights. 6) The promise of a forward-looking bio-pharmaceutical industry in India will only be fulfilled if India works to build an ecosystem that promotes medical innovation. Examine why a balance between patents and drug prices is crucial to build innovative forward-looking bio-pharmaceutical industry in India. (250 Words) Livemint

5) Mohammad bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has initiated several bold domestic and foreign policy reforms. Should India support these reforms? Discuss critically.

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.  5) Mohammad bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has initiated several bold domestic and foreign policy reforms. Should India support these reforms? Discuss critically. (250 Words) The Indian Express

4) It is argued that the Indian judiciary has become all powerful, mostly by taking on enormous authority in policy areas, that are technically beyond its ambit. Why is this trend evolving in the first place? What are its implications? Comment.

Topic: Functioning of judiciary 4) It is argued that the Indian judiciary has become all powerful, mostly by taking on enormous authority in policy areas, that are technically beyond its ambit. Why is this trend evolving in the first place? What are its implications? Comment. (250 Words) Livemint

3) “Either non-mainstream actors and parties now do politics outside the rules of democratic politics or, the rules of democratic politics have changed to include disruptive and threatening gestures which might completely destabilise democracy itself.” Comment in the light of ongoing events in South Asia.

Topic:  India and its neighborhood- relations; Development processes and the development industry- the role of various groups and associations 3) “Either non-mainstream actors and parties now do politics outside the rules of democratic politics or, the rules of democratic politics have changed to include disruptive and threatening gestures which might completely destabilise democracy itself.” Comment in the …

2) The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that eight years from now, around 121 million boys and girls would still be engaged in various occupations. Why have countries failed to eradicate child labour? What efforts are required to end child labour? Examine.

Topic:  Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections;  Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate. 2) The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that eight years from now, around 121 million boys and girls would still be engaged in various occupations. Why have countries failed to eradicate …